Why Van Persie [Pounds Sterling]64m Was a Farewell Present to Ferguson
Byline: Joe Bernstein
SIR ALEX FERGUSON will step down as Manchester United manager in two years after building his final great team at Old Trafford around the talents of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie.
Ferguson went to unprecedented lengths to push through the deal for Van Persie, believing it was the only way for him to leave a fitting legacy when he retires aged 72 in the summer of 2014.
Many inside United, including chief executive David Gill, questioned whether a [pounds sterling]64million investment in Van Persie -- a [pounds sterling]24m transfer fee plus [pounds sterling]200,000-a-week wages for four years -- was prudent.
There will be no resale value on the 29-year-old Holland striker to help ease the club's debts, which run into hundreds of millions of pounds.
But having given the Glazer family his public support …
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Publication information: Article title: Why Van Persie [Pounds Sterling]64m Was a Farewell Present to Ferguson. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Mail on Sunday (London, England). Publication date: August 19, 2012. Page number: 12. © 2009 Solo Syndication Limited. COPYRIGHT 2012 Gale Group.
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